"Thanks to these technologies, the sensor facilitates the shooting of clearly visible video images even in dimly lit environments with as little as 0.03 lux of illumination, or approximately the brightness of a crescent moon—a level of brightness in which it is difficult for the naked eye to perceive objects. When recording video of astral bodies, while an electron-multiplying CCD,*2 which realizes approximately the same level of perception as the naked eye, can capture magnitude-6 stars, Canon’s newly developed CMOS sensor is capable of recording faint stars with a magnitude of 8.5 and above."
"This is Part II of my three part series on Zeiss/Contax lenses for video.
In my Part I article, I discussed cost and feasability considerations in regards to these lenses, and offered a few tips on how to shop for a set of your own Zeiss Contax lenses. In this Part II article, I’ll discuss resolution charts and my notes on how the lenses perform at various apertures. I’ll also discuss about the handling and aesthetic reasons why I chose to build my lens set around Contax.
My forthcoming Part III article will delve a little more into the look of a Zeiss/Contax lens, the aesthetic it lends to the image. I will include a few examples of bokeh and flare characteristics at certain apertures. Onward…
Resolution Performance Here is a ZIP file of full-quality PNG framegrabs of a DSC Labs resolution chart, that show the performance of these Zeiss/Contax lenses on a Canon C300 camera. For comparison, I have included resolution frames of the Canon 85/1.8 and 50/1.4.
Veteran film director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (‘Amelie’ / ‘Delicatessen’) has embraced 3D technology for his upcoming film “The Young and Prodigious Spivet.” Cinematographer Thomas Hardmeier, AFC (‘22 Bullets’) is lensing the project that is currently shooting in Alberta and Quebec, Canada
The best way to reproduce color accurately is to have a color reference in the shot with known colors on it. This chart does just that.
In the old days we shot an 18% gray card to tell a film dailies timer where we wanted our exposure placed and what color we wanted dailies to be. Now that film is being replaced by HD a simple gray card is no longer enough, because while film colors are fixed by emulsion video colors are not. A gray card in video doesn’t communicate anything about accurate color. That’s why I designed the DSC Labs OneShot dailies reference chart.
Part of the fun of Good Men, Good Women is piecing together the narrative as it unfolds. Hou Hsiao-hsien doesn't exactly withhold information, but rather, like in his previous film The Puppetmaster, he tends to explain events only after they've gone on long enough that, if you've made the effort, you've probably figured out what's happening anyway. So, be warned that there will be spoilers here as I'm going to try to sketch out the different layers of a narrative that folds the past and present in on themselves and reflects them back out again like a disco ball.
Bringing advanced filmmaking and photographic features to the Canon Digital EOS family.
This is huge news for Canon 5D MK2/3 shooters: "Recent RAW data developments have led to the discovery of the 14bit RAW stream in LiveView. DNG pics with no shutter action now possible on the 5D2 and 5D3!" via Magic Lantern's FB page
Convergent Design have announced two new 7.7” OLED monitor/recorders called the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q.
Pretty awesome, both ext recorder and monitor
"The Odyssey family is a professional 7.7” OLED monitor with high-end monitor features, including Waveform, Zebras, Histogram, Vectorscope, Focus Assist, False Color, Timecode Display and Audio Level Meters, and 1:1 Pixel mode. Odyssey7 includes HDMI I/O, and SD/HD/3G-SDI I/O; in both single and dual link configurations. As you have come to expect from Convergent Design, Odyssey is low power, lightweight and comes in a rugged magnesium case."
Technicolor -- led by the vision of its Steve Scott, one of Hollywood’s most respected colorists -- has entered into an agreement with software developer Autodesk to bring together tools used in digital compositing and color grading.
This is pretty much a grading tool geared towards DPs working on films with VFX, can both do pre/post-grading & compositing, should be interesting
Kaleidoscope. "Holy Motors is the latest weird and wonderful offering from director Leos Carax, with images that remain in your mind. Cinematographer Caroline Champetier AFC talks about her work on the movie, and reveals “The camera is part of me, and I am part of the camera.”
The postproduction equipment maker -- which recently made noise with the surprise unveiling of a $3,000 digital cinema camera -- is exploring how it might make film products more accessible to movie makers.
Privately-owned postproduction technology company Blackmagic Design continued its acquisition streak by purchasing the assets of Cintel International, a maker of motion picture film scanners and related tools.